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The game-changer who just wanted to fly

By Sara-Jayne Clover

Former pilot Brian Hinman has run big corporate IP groups, monetised major patent portfolios and established ground-breaking businesses. Now chief IP officer at Philips, he has compelling views on the current state of the IP market and how it might develop

Perhaps surprisingly for a man who today holds one of the top spots in the IP world, intellectual property was not Brian Hinman’s first love. “Flying was my passion,” the chief IP officer (CIPO) of Philips recalls fondly. “I think that all little boys dream of being either an astronaut or a pilot, and I got to live that dream for six years after I graduated college.”

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